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Granger, Olympus High Schools dismiss in-person classes for two weeks due to COVID-19 cases

Posted at 1:55 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 16:08:37-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Granger High School in West Valley City and Olympus High School in Holladay are both dismissing in-person classes for two weeks after 15 positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed at each of the two schools, the Granite School District announced Wednesday.

"The dismissal means all in-person instruction at both schools will cease, and distance education will begin Thursday, September 24 and conclude Thursday, October 8. The buildings will be closed for the next two days for deep cleaning, after which teachers will work from their classrooms to provide distance education during the dismissal," a news release from the Granite School District said.

Extracurricular activities and sporting events will be allowed to continue during the dismissal, the news release said.

"No sports teams at either school currently has three or more cases of COVID-19, and the Salt Lake County Health Department does not recommend that these activities be dismissed. This is consistent with provisions in the State Health Department COVID-19 School Manual. However, if any team has case counts that rise to three or more, it is anticipated that the Health Department will recommend a 14-day dismissal of that team," the news release said.

The dismissal is consistent with recommendations from the Salt Lake County Health Department.

"Our board of education is committed to abiding by the State and Local Health Department guidance and recommendations. We are not inclined to disregard these scientifically based recommendations. Safety for our students, their families, and employees will continue to be paramount above all else,” said Granite board president Karyn Winder in the news release.